In an October 15, 2011 interview with colleague Bruce Ganem, Jerrold Meinwald, the Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, shares insights into the factors that drew him into the world of chemistry and later into chemical ecology, a field he co-founded with the late professor Tom Eisner of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Meinwald reflects upon some highlights of his own career, how he was mentored, and shares perspectives on the evolution of chemical biology.